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Abuse survivor Fiona tells of terror as bomb is discovered under her car

Adam Cullen and Sam Griffin

Published 15/04/2015 | 02:30

The bomb squad were called to Fair Gate housing estate, Balycanew, Gorey this morning where a device was reported under the car of Fiona Doyle
The bomb squad were called to Fair Gate housing estate, Balycanew, Gorey this morning where a device was reported under the car of Fiona Doyle
The bomb squad were called to Fair Gate housing estate, Balycanew, Gorey this morning where a device was reported under the car of Fiona Doyle

Abuse survivor Fiona Doyle was evacuated from her home after a viable pipe bomb was discovered under her car.

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The incident occurred yesterday outside Mrs Doyle's house in Ballycanew, Co Wexford.

The Defence Forces confirmed it attended the scene at 12.15pm after the alarm was raised. Roads were closed and a cordon was set up. A number of houses were also evacuated including Mrs Doyle's house.

The Defence Forces' Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team was then deployed.

"The device was made safe at the scene without the need for a controlled explosion and was taken away for further examination. It was later confirmed as viable," the Defence Forces said.

"Items of an evidential nature will be handed over to the gardaí to assist them with their investigation."

A shocked Mrs Doyle told the Irish Independent she believed her home had been targeted because of her husband's work in security.

"Someone has left a pipe bomb under my car. I can't believe it," she said.

"I believe it has something to do with my husband's work. He works as a bouncer. It's quite scary."

Gardaí are investigating whether a well-known criminal was behind the attack.

Mrs Doyle came to prominence when she gave up her right to anonymity after she was abused by her father.

Patrick O'Brien's sentence for rape was tripled to nine years earlier this year.

Irish Independent

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